In November 2019, the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach formed the Clean Energy Alliance, a non-profit public entity that will operate a Community Choice Energy program within their service territories. CEA’s purpose is to be an energy services provider, which benefits the community through the delivery of cleaner and more locally produced electricity, demand reduction, economic investment and competitive rates for residents, businesses and municipal facilities in the service territory.
CEA’s program will allow participating local governments to pool the electricity demands of their communities in order to increase their purchasing power for higher renewable power content, and invest in local energy infrastructure and energy efficiency programs. CEA will be locally controlled and ratepayer supported, with no taxpayer subsidies. By law, as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), CEA is a separate legal entity from its member agencies and its budget is completely separate from the general funds of these local governments. Board meetings are open to the public. In addition, CEA will be funded through program reserves. The service territory of CEA may expand in the future to include additional counties and cities.
The Clean Energy Alliance Joint Powers Authority completed the development of an implementation plan, which includes hiring key vendors and staff, setting operational policies and establishing the energy supply mix, rates and programs.